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This Week in Theater News

By Bennett Liebman


Composer Tom Jones Dead

Tom Jones, Half of Record-Setting ‘Fantasticks’ Team, Dies at 95 - The New York Times (nytimes.com)


Chris Peluso Dead at 40

Chris Peluso, broadway actor in ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘Wicked,’ dead at 40 – NBC4 Washington (nbcwashington.com)


Portland’s Artists Rep Theare Suspends Season

Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre suspends upcoming season, due to lack of funding - OPB


Sacramento Theatre to Skip Season

Sacramento Theatre Company to skip 2023-24 main stage season - Sacramento Business Journal (bizjournals.com)


Australian Theater Apologizes for Cutting Black Role

Australian theatre company's apology, for cutting Black role, falls way short — OnStage Blog


Drama Teacher Put on Leave

Drama teacher put on leave after "Angels in America" complaint — OnStage Blog


Evil Stepmother Has Perfect Timing

This Evil Stepmother Has Perfect Comedic Timing - The New York Times (nytimes.com)


Immersive Theater in NYC

David Byrne’s ‘Here Lies Love,’ immersive ‘Gatsby’ are must-see in NYC (usatoday.com)


Critic and the Edinburgh Fringe

Leech or saviour? Edinburgh fringe show spotlights theatre’s vexed relationship with critics | Edinburgh festival 2023 | The Guardian


Rise of Patsy Ferran

The rise of actor Patsy Ferran: ‘I’m a bit of a duck: calm on the surface…’ | Theatre | The Guardian


Cancelling Shakespeare

Opinion | Cancel Shakespeare? The Naughty Bits Are Some of the Best Parts. - The New York Times (nytimes.com)


Don’t Cancel Shakespeare

Don't Cancel Shakespeare—Yet | Time


Black Theatre Coalition Fellowships

Applications are open for Black Theatre Coalition/Broadway Across America fellowships (broadwaynews.com)


John Gore Donates to Entertainment Community Fund

John Gore Foundation donates $5 million to Entertainment Community Fund (broadwaynews.com)


Broadway Grosses and Hadestown

‘Hadestown’ grosses see a bump as Eva Noblezada exits; overall box office ebbs (broadwaynews.com)


The Regional Theater Crisis and Broadway

How the regional theater crisis will be felt on Broadway (broadwaynews.com)


Roblox and Hamilton

How ‘Hamilton’ created a Roblox simulator and a pickleball paddle for greater audience reach (broadwaynews.com)


Britney Spears Musical in Trouble

Broadway: Britney Spears Musical “Once Upon a One More Time” On Death Watch with 12% Drop | Showbiz411


Patriots May Come to Broadway

‘Patriots’ By ‘The Crown’s Peter Morgan Has Sights Set On Broadway – Deadline


What Happened to Chicago theater? Column: What happened to theater in Chicago? (chicagotribune.com)

Midnight Coming to the Goodman

‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ musical set for Goodman Theater - Chicago Sun-Times (suntimes.com)


The Pandemic and Frederick’s Theaters

The pandemic is over, but Frederick’s theaters aren’t over it | Arts & entertainment | fredericknewspost.com


Pharmaly Theater Company in Denver

Disability-affirmative Phamaly Theater Company comes home to Denver Center | Arts & Entertainment | denvergazette.com


Moving Hamilton to Alaska

Getting ‘Hamilton’ to Alaska is a big logistical lift - Anchorage Daily News (adn.com)


Theatre and London’s Economy

The role of theatre in boosting London's tourism economy - London Business News | Londonlovesbusiness.com


Lily Allen’s Second Act

Lily Allen’s Second Act - The New York Times (nytimes.com)


Groundhog Day on the West End

GROUNDHOG DAY Becomes Highest Grossing Production Ever at Old Vic Theatre (broadwayworld.com)

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